Prevention of Child and Youth Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Paula Barrett and Lara Farrell

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Prevention of Child and Youth Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems affecting children and youth today. Prevention approaches offer an alternative and adjunct to treatment, and have become a priority for governments, offering a cost-effective and efficient means of providing services to children and youth prior to the onset of psychopathology. This chapter presents a review of current prevention strategies for anxiety disorders and examines the role of risk and protective factors in the development of anxiety. Current evidence-based prevention strategies are discussed at an indicated, selective, and universal level of prevention. Cognitive behavioral approaches to anxiety prevention are discussed based on a model of risk and resilience. Future directions for prevention practice and research are highlighted.

Keywords: anxiety; child; cognitive behavioral treatment; prevention; protective factors; risk factors; youth

Article.  9843 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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